Protecting WA crops

Meet Crop Protection team member – David Nicholson

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Dave driving the tractor, nicknamed Jethro, for a log sprayer herbicide squirt trial in 2004. Image: DPIRD.

David (also known as Dave or Moose) Nicholson is a senior technical officer who enjoys playing guitar and drumming in local bands.

Originally from Canada, Dave has a Diploma in Environmental Science from Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta, Canada.

In 1987 Dave emigrated to Australia where he settled in Geraldton and in 1988 was employed by the former Department of Agriculture as a technical officer, working in lupin research. The research officer in charge of the project was future Director General, Rob Delane. Dave also worked in water repellency and no till research in Geraldton for seven years before transferring to the department’s weeds research team in 1996. Dave had a change of scenery in 2014-2015 when he moved to Kununurra to monitor fruit fly numbers in the Ord River Valley before moving back down south to York. Dave resumed his work with the weeds group in the Northam office where he still works today.

Dave enjoys his work with DPIRD and finds it both challenging and rewarding. With the new weed electrocution technology being trialled by the department, Dave is the sole technical officer in charge of transporting, operating, overall use and troubleshooting of the tractor and equipment.

Dave wrote a song called “Multiple Mode of Action Wild Radish Herbicide Resistance Blues”, which he played for Minister MacTiernan at the Dowerin Field Day in 2016.

When Dave isn’t at work, he likes playing music and hanging out with his partner Peta Fissioli and their cat Jude.